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Actavis Confirms Generic Rayos® Patent Challenge

PARSIPPANY, N.J., Aug. 27, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Actavis, Inc. (NYSE: ACT) today confirmed that it has filed an Abbreviated New Drug Application (ANDA) with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) seeking approval to market Prednisone Delayed-release Tablets, 1 mg, 2 mg and 5 mg.  Actavis' ANDA products are generic versions of Horizon Pharma's Rayos ®, which is approved for use as an anti-inflammatory or immunosuppressive agent for certain allergic, dermatologic, gastrointestinal, hematologic, ophthalmologic, nervous system, renal, respiratory, rheumatologic, specific infectious diseases or conditions and organ transplantation; for the treatment of certain endocrine conditions; and for palliation of certain neoplastic conditions.

Horizon Pharma AG and Jagotec AG filed suit against Actavis on August 26, 2013, in the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey seeking to prevent Actavis from commercializing its ANDA products prior to the expiration certain of U.S. patents.  The lawsuit was filed under the provisions of the Hatch-Waxman Act, resulting in a stay of final FDA approval of Actavis' ANDA for up to 30 months from the date the plaintiffs received notice of Actavis' ANDA filing or until final resolution of the matter before the court, whichever occurs sooner, subject to any other exclusivities.

Based on available information, Actavis believes it may be a "first applicant" to file an ANDA for the generic version of Rayos ® and, should its ANDA be approved, may be entitled to 180 days of generic market exclusivity.

About Actavis

Actavis, Inc. (NYSE: ACT) is a global, integrated specialty pharmaceutical company focused on developing, manufacturing and distributing generic, brand and biosimilar products.  Actavis has global headquarters in Parsippany, New Jersey, USA. 

Operating as Actavis Pharma, Actavis markets generic, branded generic, legacy brands and Over-the-Counter (OTC) products in more than 60 countries.  Actavis Specialty Brands is Actavis' global branded specialty pharmaceutical business focused in the Urology and Women's Health therapeutic categories.  Actavis Specialty Brands also has a portfolio of five biosimilar products in development in Women's Health and Oncology.  Actavis Global Operations has more than 30 manufacturing and distribution facilities around the world, and includes Anda, Inc., a U.S. pharmaceutical product distributor.

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